U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
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U.S. Marines and Australian Army soldiers tell us a fraction of what it is like training out in the field at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii July 20, 2016. Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Force are participating in Rim of the Pacific 2016, a multinational military exercise, from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. III MEF trains year-round throughout the Pacific to build partnership with allied and Pacific nations and maintain a state of constant readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps Video by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra)
U.S. Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion engage a mock enemy during an attack drill aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton July 18, 2016. The Marines exchanged attack, break contact and immediate-action drills with Canadian and Mexican service members. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th iteration in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Pfc. Nadia J. Stark)
U.S. Marines, Australian Army soldiers and Indonesian Marines conduct a company-size helicopter-borne raid into Kahukus Training Area from USS America. Company G, 2nd Battalion, 3d Marines are taking part in Exercise Rim of the Pacific 16, the world's largest international maritime exercise. The battalion is a ground combat element for a III MEF Marine Air-Ground Task Force embarked aboard USS San Diego and USS America during an exercise that increases naval integration.
U.S. Marines and Japanese soldiers conducted dry beach assault drills July 5, 2016 at Pyramid Rock. Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016 is the world's largest international maritime exercise, and provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra)
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Petty Officer Second Class Jeffrey R. Kent watches a dance performance during a welcoming ceremony at St. John’s College, Ovalau, Fiji, July 3, 2016, as part of Task Force Koa Moana’s deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. The task force is conducting vertical construction training at the school and infantry training, with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, on the island to increase interoperability and relations. Kent, from Las Vegas, Nevada, is a corpsman with Task Force Koa Moana, originally assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force...
31st MEU conducting Japan Observer Exchange Program
By Staff Sgt. T. T. Parish | July 21, 2016
31st MEU and JGSDF are conducting several interoperability exercises to include swim qualification; Shallow Water and Egress Trainer; small boat basic skills training; and close air support skills training during the 12-day program. MORE
Two MC-130J aircraft set wheels on MCAS Iwakuni
By Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego | July 21, 2016
U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, U.S. Airmen with the 353rd Special Operations Group stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, landed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni July 19, 2016. MORE
1st Marine Aircraft Wing Colonel Retires after 30 Years of Service
By U.S. Marine Corps story by 1st Lt. Joseph Butterfield | June 22, 2016
Col. Christopher J. Papaj celebrated his retirement July 17, at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit after 30 years of service in the Corps.
“I joined the Marine Corps to go to flight school," said Papaj, who served as the assistant wing commander of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing from 2012 until 2016. "I only planned on staying in for five and a half years, but it was too fun. Thirty years later, and I am still having fun.”